Research: Only 22% user EHR to help make medical decisions

EHR research

More than 80 percent of physicians have adopted electronic health records (EHRs), and 60 percent of consumers who use digital health tools say they have an electronic health record. However, most (55 percent) are accessing their health record to simply “stay informed,” with only 22 percent of digital health users accessing EHRs to help make medical decisions.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of those consumers who say they do have an EHR are not getting much benefit from it; fifteen percent (15%) say it’s hard to understand the information, and another 14% don’t access their EHR. Also, 44 percent of consumers with access to an EHR report they are not able to see everything that their doctor sees.

What information do you have access to in your EHR?

“Electronic health records are still in the early phases of consumer adoption. They have the potential to engage consumers more directly in managing their health,” Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine, said in a statement. “Wellness programs can help bridge the gap between EHR adoption and understanding by making the information both meaningful and actionable for patients.”

Medical Information Accessible in EHRsPercent
Lab work and blood results69%
Prescription medication history60%
Everything my doctor/provider sees56%
Billing information55%
Personal profile (demographics)50%
Physician notes47%
Immunization status43%
X-rays/nuclear imaging results35%
None of the above1%

The HealthMine Survey queried 500 consumers who use mobile and/or Internet-connected health applications/devices and are enrolled in a 2016 health plan. The survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in March/April of 2016. The margin of error is 4%.